Andy, Harry and I arrived early to erect nets and it was rather quiet in the Big Mound with the odd robin calling. By the second net round it was looking like an empty net round until I extracted the best bird so far this year to be trapped at whitburn - an olive-backed pipit!!! It certainly changed the whole feel of the day. This record constitutes the third record for Durham. Photos of this cracking bird will follow soon. From that point a trickle of common migrants and resident birds were trapped until midday. Dave Foster found a subalpine warbler in the Nature Reserve however it soon went to ground and did not reappear
richard's pipit (2) south via Dave Foster
snow bunting south
marsh harrier south
whooper swan (2) northwest
Ringing: blue tit (4), chaffinch (2), greenfinch (2) and singles of blackcap, goldcrest, song thrush and olive-backed pipit.